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Autumn Johnstone, aged 20, from Tetbury in the Cotswolds, is the first port of call for students who would like professional support from ICAEW during their degrees. There is a range of online resources available, including virtual careers fairs, which Autumn helps students access. Autumn said: “The role aims to promote ICEAW to different groups of students through initiatives such as pop up information stands, delivering talks, handing out leaflets and posting on social media. It’s all about the promotion and engaging with as many students as possible, not just Accounting students. This has helped me so much because it is forcing me to do much more public speaking and engaging with individuals I would not have previously had contact with, which is great!”

Autumn went through a competitive selection process for the role, which involved submitting a CV and cover letter, explaining why she was interested in the position and how she could promote ICAEW on campus. This was followed by a telephone interview in which Autumn secured the position.

After successfully securing the role, Autumn attended training in London at ICAEW Chartered Accountants Hall in the city centre. She said: “It was a very busy day, beginning at 8am and the Chartered Accountants Hall was so grand! During the day, I met the individuals who we will be reporting to, as well as all the other ambassadors who had been selected from the other universities. We had numerous talks from people about the different things ICEAW can offer. We had the chance to network over lunch and get to know each other a bit better, which was amazing as I came away with some good friends who I still keep in contact with.”

Autumn is making the most of her University experience and applying for a year in industry next year, as well as applying for graduate positions with the top four accounting firms. She said: “I want to be a chartered accountant, so this role as Campus Ambassador is propelling me forwards in my future career. I’m really enjoying my new role working closely with the North West team of  ICAEW and presenting to students the opportunities that are available to them.”

Helen Clayfield, Programme Leader for Accounting and Finance, said: “With Accounting and Finance at Chester accredited by all major accounting bodies, including  ICAEW, having Autumn as a campus ambassador is providing an even closer link for students and enhancing their professional skills development.”

Tom Lloyd-Roberts, ICAEW Marketing Executibe for North West, said: “Autumn has been a pleasure to work with, her ambition and willingness to go the extra mile has allowed her to be successful in the delivery numerous events on campus. She has effectively managed her time, juggling her studies and the requirements of the role, which has generated a lot of interest into the profession. I have been impressed with her efforts so far and look forward to continuing to work with Autumn.”

Autumn also volunteers as a Student Experience Representative for her course and coaches the girls under-18 rugby teams every Sunday at Chester Rugby Union Football Club.

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